TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Dove season kicked off on September 1 and East Texas hunters are gearing up.
Wildlife experts said habitat conditions and the number of birds look promising this year.
“Many of them are really determined by the number of birds present migrating south and that has a lot to do with the success of last year’s hatches,” said John Tomecek, a wildlife specialist from ‘extension.
Experts have said outdoor activities, such as hunting, have been growing in popularity since the pandemic began.
“It’s a family tradition,” Aaron Simms told Texas Parks and Wildlife. “It’s a Texas tradition and it’s a social event, and most of all, now, now there are days with everything that’s going on in the world.”
Although pigeon hunting is a sport, it also helps control pigeon populations, which is why it is necessary to have a license to hunt. It is also important to keep track of when it is time to renew it.
“If you want to go pigeon hunting, make sure you have a valid hunting license in Texas,” Simms added.
Another important thing to always remember is when hunting is safety first.
“Once you’ve decided to see a bird and shoot it, make sure it’s a safe shot. Know what your goal is and know what’s beyond. Is there a house? Are there any trees? Is there a fence line? Is there a hunter nearby? Simms continued.
Another thing to remember is that bait is illegal and there are other strategies that people can use.
“Everything that comes out of a sack and grows from the ground and hunts it, is not good. But if it comes out of a sack and you grow it and plant it, you can handle it the way you want to hunt pigeons, ”Tomecek said.
Experts said pigeons are not picky eaters, but have their favorite foods.
“They’ll eat things like cracked corn,” Tomecek added. “It simply came to our notice then. They prefer smaller things like millet and millet ”.
The pigeon season is divided into two parts. The first part lasts until the end of October and the second half begins in December.